Atlanta Falcons and left tackle Jake Matthews agree to three-year extension

The Atlanta Falcons are securing their starting left tackle, Jake Matthews, for the foreseeable future after agreeing to terms on a three-year contract extension, a source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler on Monday.

The extension will earn Matthews more than $18 million per season, the source told Fowler.

The news was first reported by NFL Network.

Matthews, 30, the team’s first-round pick in 2014, has been a mainstay at left tackle since being drafted. He’s played — and started — in all but one game since being picked No. 6 overall, playing 98% or more of Atlanta’s offensive snaps in each of the last five seasons.

“Jake is quietly going about his business and he’s about as underappreciated or misunderstood as there is,” quarterback Matt Ryan said last season. “He’s durable. I mean, he’s there every week and he’s just technically sound, very good technique in pass protection, very good technique in the running game.

“Play hard for us. He’s a great leader for example. He’s got a really good model of how he prepares week in and week out that the young guys can look at and say that’s how you do it. do, and I think he’s been really good for us.”

Matthews, a 2018 Pro Bowl selection, had two years left on his existing contract, including a projected cap of $23,689,200 for the 2022 season — a number that will likely decrease with his extension.

Matthews was expected to earn $12.5 million in base salary in 2022 and $14 million in base salary in 2023 before the extension.

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